Instagram movie captures real-life story of enslaved boy

Film studio Stelo Stories and the DuSable Museum of African American History have released the trailer for the new vertical film “Equiano.Stories”, set to premiere February 16 exclusively for @Equiano.Stories followers on Instagram. the movie gives life to memoir of Olaudah Equiano, who was kidnapped and enslaved as a young boy in West Africa in 1756. It is the second film in a series by Stelo that takes the stories of young people who have documented their lives during extreme moments in history and connects them with their 21st peers of the century through social media. The first film, ‘Eva.Stories’, the diary of a teenage victim of the Holocaust narrated on Instagram, garnered 300 million views within 48 hours of its release.

Subscribers to @Equiano.Stories will meet 11-year-old Equiano and watch his story unfold as he posts approximately 400 individual stories, totaling 80 minutes of content, in the first 48 hours of the film’s release. Equiano will share moments of his day, from a carefree boy in his village with his loving family and rich culture, to the fear and confusion of being kidnapped, to the harrowing experience of life aboard a ship. a slave ship.

Equiano.Stories focuses on Equiano’s childhood story. He became an influential figure in history. After buying his freedom at around 20, Equiano moved to London and later published his best-selling memoir in 1789. The first-hand account was key to stopping the slave trade by England, the world’s largest exporter of African slaves at the time. , and remains one of the only contemporary first-hand accounts of life in Africa written by an African author.

“Stelo Stories shares historic stories with our audience by meeting them where they already are – on their phones and on social media,” said Stelo Stories Executive and one of the film’s creators, Yvonne Chioma Mbanefo. “We created Equiano.Stories to connect people with a new narrative of black history. The story begins with a dynamic young man who is not so different from today’s youth – he loves to dance, run around his neighborhood and hang out with his friends. For too long, historical films have begun telling black history through slavery. Equiano.Stories paints a vivid portrait of a story that begins with freedom.

Stelo Stories has partnered with the DuSable Museum of African American History, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, to bring Equiano’s story to life. DuSable also contributed to the film’s more in-depth educational content and created a museum exhibit that takes visitors to the village of Equiano to experience West African culture, with pieces from its own permanent African collection. never seen by the public.

“Our collaboration with Stelo Stories on Equiano.Stories is important because it gives us a platform to remind the world that slavery is not our origin story as Black people,” said Perri Irmer, President and CEO of the DuSable Museum of African American History. “Equiano’s story speaks volumes and in a way that we believe will create a paradigm shift in how our story is presented, consumed and understood. This is exactly what the world needs right now: the truth, the whole truth, historically accurate and beautifully portrayed.

Inspired by today’s viral dance videos, the film launches with a mobile experience that invites people to learn the steps of the beautiful Nigerian dances seen in the film. The new hands-on experience, available on the Stelo Stories Dance app, is the first AI-based mixed reality dance tutorial to accompany a movie launch. The app’s virtual teacher, AI Dance Coach, uses cell phone camera technology and artificial intelligence to teach steps to viewers. AI Dance Coach corrects dancers in real time based on their actual performance, showing them what they got wrong and how to correct their moves. The Stelo Stories Dance app will be available on the Apple App Store from February 16.